Archive for April 2nd, 2017
In due time, it is your responsibility to Exit this shitty life…
As you grow old:
1. If you are unable to communicate verbally, in writing or in gestures… It is time you take courage in your hands and exit this shitty life
2. If you are unable to help in the maintenance tasks at home (cleaning, vacuuming, cook …), regardless of gender, to aid your family members to resume a productive life… time to exit
3. If you cannot write or talk to disseminate your opinions… Time to exit
4. If you are blind, hard of hearing and handicapped physically to communicate your free expressions… Time to exit
Go on and offer your kinds of Exit reasons
The Cost of Sending Your Child to Private School in Lebanon
Underfunded, poorly equipped and insufficiently staffed, there exists a huge disparity in the academic performance and success rates of students at public schools in Lebanon as opposed to private institutions.
Private school in Ain Zhalta
For this reason, Lebanese parents are shelling out big bucks to send their children to private schools.
To give you an idea of how much that can cost, we’ve come up with a range of tuition fees for the 2012-2014 academic year for 30 private schools (both subsidized and unsubsidized), in order from the cheapest to the most expensive.
What we found, is that it can cost over $100,000 to send two children through four years of high school at one of Lebanon’s top schools. Click through the slideshow to find out more
Culture Minister Gaby Layoun: Destructs Lebanese heritage
Since the 1990s, Lebanon has undergone incredible transformation as part of post-war reconstruction efforts by developers who, in the process, have shown little concern for maintaining the country’s rich cultural and architectural heritage.
But one man in particular has in the last few years become notably active in the glossing over and, in some cases, outright destruction of Beirut’s ancient and historical sites. That man is Culture Minister Gaby Layoun.
It is ironic, to say the very least, that the one man whose job it is to protect and promote Lebanon’s national heritage, has played a critical role in its demolition.
On Tuesday, the minister announced he was halting construction of the $149 million Landmark project positioned in the heart of downtown Beirut after historically-significant ruins and evidence of what could be the country’s oldest church were discovered on the site.
Whether or not Layoun follows through with this announcement remains to be seen. For now, here’s a look back at Layoun’s history of involvement in the destruction of Lebanese heritage. Photo via Flickr.com
Myriam is currently an arts and culture reporter at Beirut.com
She previously worked for both An-Nahar and Al-Akhbar newspapers as a freelance art critic in 2011.
Myriam (AKA mimi the bee) holds a Masters degree in Fine Arts from ALBA (the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts).
She’s an emerging artistic photographer and she loves to contribute to the Lebanese art scene, not only by her works but also by covering the cultural come back in town!
Myriam is both the vocalist and songwriter for the Lebanese band, Nachaz. She always takes life seriously, especially when obliged to pose for pictures, and daydreams about Mloukhiyeh
Yemen, Beyond the Headlines
Yemen is a country in the southern part of the Arabian Peninsula rich in culture, heritage, and history, with an extremely friendly and hospitable people.
But that doesn’t make the news.
The country is often misrepresented in Western media coverage, magnifying the country’s negative aspects.
A country of 24 million people of many different backgrounds “has been reduced to Al-Qaeda…wars, poverty, Qat, tribalism, or the ancestral home of Osama Bin Laden,” writes blogger Atiaf Alwazir (@womanfromyemen) in her post “The Flawed Media Narrative on Yemen“:
Today’s journalism on Yemen is no longer about getting the facts right, or inspiring people to think independently, it is about who can write the most sensationalized story on the country – no matter how many times it has already been told – because that is what sells.
But some Yemenis are trying to change that. Using film, photography, blogging, and social media, they want the world to see Yemen for its rich art, unique architecture, and the breath-taking landscapes and scenery that the country has to offer.
A panoramic view capturing Yemen’s unique architecture by photographer Mohammed Alnahdi.
Getting to know Yemen
Yemen is the one of the oldest civilizations in the world, with its history dating back to the first millennium B.C.
It was commonly known as Arabia Felix, meaning Fortunate Arabia or Happy Arabia.
In fact, four of the world’s heritage sites are in Yemen.
First, is the old capital itself, Sanaa. One of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, it boasts more than 103 mosques, 14 hammams (baths) and more than 6,000 multi-story mud houses with unique architecture, featuring spectacular decorated facades adorned with stained glass windows.
A video uploaded by UNESCO offers a glimpse of old Sanaa:
Second is Shibam, also known as the “Manhattan of the desert”, which is home to the oldest skyscrapers in the world — 500 mud-brick houses which are eleven stories high.
Shibam, the Manhattan of the desert, by photographer Michail Vorobyev.
Third is the island of Socotra, the largest member of an archipelago site, important for its biodiversity and distinct flora and fauna. According to UNESCO, “37% of Socotra’s 825 plant species, 90% of its reptile species, and 95% of its land snail species do not occur anywhere else in the world.”
Take a look at the island in this YouTube video uploaded by ToYemen:
The last is the picturesque coastal town of Zabid, with its narrow alleyways and burnt brick buildings.
Beyond the media’s portrayal
Various online efforts are being made to combat the media’s narrow view of Yemen.
This short 20-minute video film, made for the British Council’s Zoom Short Film Competition 2010 and uploaded to YouTube by ZoomCompetition, tries to correct misunderstandings about Yemenis conveyed through the distorted media coverage by showing their simple life:
One of my most popular blog posts entitled “Yemen… unraveled facts about my beautiful homeland” highlights many hidden facts about Yemen, such as it being the source of one of the finest and most expensive honey in the world – the “Doani honey” – and one of the first countries to introduce coffee to Europe by exporting its own coffee brand out of the port of Mocha.
Fahd Aqlan, a 35-year-old Yemeni man residing in Cairo, Egypt, started a Facebook page called So you think you’ve seen Yemen? to counter misconceptions and show the world another aspect of Yemen beyond what is portrayed in news headlines.
Summer Nasser, a Yemeni activist and blogger based in New York, started another Facebook page entitled The People of Yemen, which as she describes is a “photo project which brings the life of Yemen, one picture at a time to it’s audience across the world.”
Others have spoken out in support of the country. Yemen-based journalist Adam Baron said in his Drones-Ad-Hoc hearing testimony:
Yemenis, as a rule, are nearly unfathomably friendly and welcoming.
On Twitter, Word Press Award winner and Spanish photojournalist Samuel Aranda (@Samuel_Aranda_) put in a good word for country as a foreigner:
@Samuel_Aranda_: For who thinks that in Yemen are only extremist. Visit Yemen!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNMsm1Fl_X8&feature=related…
Sampling Yemen’s cuisine
Yemeni food is often accompanied by homemade bread and cooked in stoneware. This photo show’s a typical breakfast or dinner made of bread, fava beans, and liver accompanied by tea with milk and cardamon:
A typical Yemeni breakfast or dinner. Photo courtesy “So you think you’ve seen Yemen?” Facebook page.
Bint El Sahn is a very popular and traditional Yemeni dish. Literally translated to English, it means “daughter of the plate.” It is made of many layers of dough, baked and served with a drizzle of honey on top. It is consumed during the meal as a main dish, not a desert.
The famous Bint El Sahn. Photograph by Hend Abdullah
Yemeni Kitchen is a great blog for an introduction to the country’s cuisine. The blog, as described by the authors, “focuses on Yemeni Food with a historical twist.” Not only does it provide a step-by-step recipe of the dishes it introduces, but it also describes the history behind them as well.
Yemeni music and dance
A traditional northern Yemeni dance is called Bara’a and is performed with swift movements carrying a Janbiya, the Yemeni dagger, while dancing to the tunes of the Yemeni drum and muzmar, a type of Yemeni flute. Watch how young people perform this art in this video up loaded to YouTube by GTB313:
To listen to various Yemeni songs and rhythms, check out the following links: Ayoub Tarish is a famous Yemeni singer and composer; Yemen Reform provide YouTube videos of different Yemeni singers performing such as Alharethi, Alanessi, Alkebsi and also various Yemeni Nasheed Asswat Yemenia (Yemeni voices), and in addition to that it has songs for Abu Bakr Salem Balfaqih, Ali Thahban and Mohammed Morsehd Naji among others;
Art, photography, and landscapes This video, uploaded by TourYemen, shows the art, culture, and breathtaking landscape and beautiful scenery in Yemen:
Another panoramic tour of Yemen is available in this video uploaded to YouTube by tomeriko:
A beautiful shot of the old city of Sanaa through the lens of Ameen Alghabri.
A selection of photos of the portal city of Aden by Ameen Alghabri.
A breath taking view of the city of Ibb seen from a cliff. Photo by Abu Malik.
Oil painting by Fouad Al Foutaih, from the private collection of the author of this post, Noon Arabia.
Note: Since 2015, Saudi Kingdom, backed by USA, Britain and Israel have been bombing, and destroying all kinds of infrastructures in Yemen. Hospitals and schools have been air stroked. Sanctions and blockading seas and airlifts has set famine for 8 million kids. And for What? So that USA can have a naval base on the Red Sea.